I’ve had my September Treatbox UK for a good few weeks, now, and I was so excited by the contents that I wanted to write about it instantly but, you know, life. I look back at the pictures, though, and am still impressed at how good this month’s box is, it’s definitely the best one yet. 

From the outset I was happy with this box as I loved the quote on the monthly poster and even the colour of the tissue paper was right up my street. I know it might seem silly, but little things like that are a nice way to see that a box is taking care and thinking about the best way to present the box. 
The September theme is relaxation, hence the poster quote. As such I think the really sweet bookmark is a great addition, books are the ultimate relaxation for me. Also, in the box, was a really nice calendar page; we’ve never had these before but I’m wondering if this will be a thing now. 
When you think relaxation a face mask is likely to be high on your list of products to help out, and 7th Heaven are the go to brand for so many people so it was great to see a sachet of their Charcoal face mask in my box. And no little details were forgotten, a tea bag and some candles were also included in the box – I really do love how everything for a quiet pamper session was included, every aspect has been thought of which really goes to show how well thought out the boxes are. 
If you’re having a pamper session with a face mask and some candles there’s another, quite obvious, beauty regime that you can include. I didn’t realise what this case contained, at first, but it was a lovely surprise. 

This mini manicure set is lovely. It has all the things you’d need to get your nails looking lovely whilst your face mask dries. I absolutely love the design on the case, too. 
If you don’t know about the current colouring in craze then I don’t know where you’ve been. Adult colouring books are everywhere and they’re fantastic and some of them have the most beautiful designs. The ‘Secret Garden’ colouring book has become quite iconic but, amazingly, I don’t have it. This little sample sized version has some gorgeous designs in it and it’s definitely tempted me to get the full book. 
I love that there are crayons included in the box, too, again it’s all in the details! 
And can you imagine my surprise when I found this nestled in to my box. I had no idea this was coming and I couldn’t even begin to imagine what was inside. 
And I have to say, I am in love with this. I am allergic to bees so I don’t get to look at them often to see their  beauty but they are such gorgeous creatures. I love this necklace so so much and am incredibly grateful to have been sent it. Isn’t it beautiful?
So, yes. Even without my added necklace, isn’t the box wonderful? I love how well it kept to the theme, I love that all the little details were catered to and that there was something for everyone inside. Definitely my best month, so far, I honestly don’t mean to say it every month but they outdo them selves each and every time! 

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Oh now, how funny is that, I thought I should write a quick health update and wondered how long it had been since my last one. Popped over to check and it’s a month to the day, talk about timing. I have some more information regarding my neuro stuff, and after the photo is some information about the new condition that may have come to light (I kid you not). 

If you read my last health post, here, you’ll know I was facing a difficult fork in the road in which I may’ve had a health issue which was scary but treatable or one which is a little less scary but not treatable. Well I got my blood test results which told me it was the second of the two, still scary but not potentially fatal, but no tablets to help. 

How do I feel about that? Pretty numb right now, to be honest. I am seeing my neurologist in a few weeks and I will be running through things with him. I’ve been informed that it’s possible to still have the former condition, with negative blood tests, so I may see what his thoughts are on further testing (it involves needles and electric currents and anyone who knows me knows needles are a big big phobia of mine but if it helps get this all cleared up then I’ll do it). So I think I probably have my answer, but I’m going to hold off from explaining more as there’s still a chance there’s more to go before confirming for sure. 

Flower as a filler, isn’t it pretty!

So, anyway, yes, I got my blood test results which said I didn’t have one of the two neurological conditions. But the tests did show inflammation in my blood which may just have been some sort of infection (even just a mildly infected cut on my hand). A few weeks later, though, I developed a rash, on my face, in the shape of a butterfly. Anyone who knows anything about chronic health knows that that can signify the autoimmune disease, Lupus. I have a whole list of other symptoms which would tally with Lupus, and it would also explain inflammation in my blood. 

Hopefully it’s just a random rash, but I saw a locum gp who was absolutely fantastic (she really listened, she was ever so caring and really wanted to help) and she said that she thinks it is Lupus too. So, guess what? Yup, waiting for more blood test results! 

I am already seeing a rheumatologist in November to discuss some other things so, if blood tests do indicate an autoimmune disease then, hopefully, that appointment can be brought sooner or, if not, I can discuss this with them then. They’re going to love me, haha, I already had two things to discuss and now maybe one more.

So  yes. Neuro stuff is partially answered, but also maybe not. For now I am accepting that it’s FND but going to nudge for the chance of the further testing, just to put my mind at rest, regarding the MG. And now we’re on to the territory of autoimmune diseases. Hopefully my rash is random and my new symptoms could be explained by one of my original conditions but, for now, it’s more of the waiting game. 

Sorry, bit of a non-update, but another explanation as to why I’m a bit here and there and all over the place at the moment, It’s hard to get any real focus when your mind is taken up by all of these maybe’s, by things that could potentially be life changing or could be nothing at all (the neurological stuff is definitely something, but the autoimmune could still not be). 

I really appreciate the understanding of the friends that I’m a bit absent with. I appreciate the understanding of the companies that I’ve been trialling products for. And I appreciate all the lovely supportive comments from people, both longer standing friends and readers who I’ve not come across before. 

Thank you

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It’s September and I’m posting the August box, naughty naughty, I am sorry! In my defence, though, when you see what was in the August box I think you’ll be very tempted to try out the September box because you’ll be amazed at how much you get. 

I have tried out a Pink Parcel box before, but when they asked if I wanted to trial one, to possibly review, I thought it’d be a very good time for it. Post baby the last thing you want to have to stress about is sanitary products, so having a box that sends you your products, as well as some pretty awesome extras, is a really good idea. 

When I tried Pink Parcel previously (ooh the alliteration), you could only get tampons which, for me, wasn’t ideal but now you can get pads which makes it much more appealing and widens the audience somewhat. And more than just deciding between tampons and towels, you can decide which brands and which absorbancy you want which is a really helpful feature, as one size definitely doesn’t fit all when it comes to periods! 

When the box arrives, and you open it up, this is what you’re greeted with. It’s really well organised which is a nice added touch.

The pads are in a variety of boxes, which help you to organise when you’ll need different absorbency, as well as some coming in a little drawstring bag. I think the bag is a really nice touch as it’d be really handy to pop in to a handbag to keep things from getting lost and squished up in your bag. 
In the last box you will find all the added extras and, my goodness, there’s lots of them (hint, this is just half). In the August box you will have found a box of Jealous Sweets and, if you’ve read my blog before, you might remember that I am a massive fan of these (See my post here), honestly they’re the best jelly/gummy sweets ever. The other foodie item is another that I’ve posted about before and another that I really enjoy Emily Fruit Crisps (post here) are seriously good and you can even feel healthy when eating them, a big win in my eyes. 
It’s always nice to get some tea in a box, especially when it’s meant to be a self care type box and you can’t get healthier than Tea Pigs Matcha tea. I’ve tried this before and it’s really good and there’s so many suggested health benefits to Matcha tea too, 
Lastly, for this part, is a really pretty Estella Bartlett bracelet which is really nice and is, alone, worth more than the box!
And, as if the food, drink and lifestyle bits weren’t enough, the other half of the box was filled with cosmetics! I’ve had the So Susan ‘Haute Light’ pencil in other boxes but it’s a nice product and something worth having in your collection – It’s a matte, nude toned pencil which is great for highlighting and covering up less happy areas of the skin. 
The Sass product is an interesting one, it’s meant for the more intimate areas of the body and it’s to help keep things healthier in terms of hair control. It’s supposed to stop ingrown hairs, soothe the area post shave and stop hair regrowth. If this works I’m sure it could be a bit of a miracle product for many. 
Last but not least is the Sunkissed ‘Shimmer Dust Brush’ – As you may see from the photo mine leaked, but the lovely people at Pink Parcel were more than happy to replace it for me. I declined because, in all honesty, I’m not a shimmery bronzer sort of person but I do think this is a great product for many other people. As summer is beginning to wane, why not keep yourself looking healthy and glowing with an easy to apply product like this? 
And, lastly, we come to my favourite of the products. I love liquid lipsticks but have never heard of Cougar before so I’m more than happy to be able to try a new brand. Most importantly, though, I love the shade. It’s a perfect, slightly mauvey rose pink, I love it. 
When you consider that Pink Parcel is £10.50 (or £6.99 for your first box), it’s quite amazing how much you get! I mean you get the obvious sanitary products but the additional things are easily comparable as to what you’d get in any other beauty box (if not more) and the overall cost is less. You can colour me impressed. 

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This post contains press samples – See disclaimer here

I feel very bad that I’ve not shared anything from Freedom, Makeup Revolution or I <3 Makeup with you, for a while, because they used to be one of the main brands I’d share with you all. I love their new releases and still love to see what they bring out, but with the baby and all the health stuff, a lot of posts have fallen behind.

 

I was very excited to get a package from I <3 Makeup a few weeks ago, though, and even more when I found what was inside.

 

I’m sure that you’ll agree that these ‘I <3 My Lips’ lip balms are really cute, I love the little bullet shape with the heart on the end. They’re, obviously, reminiscent of other lip balms that hold this form but I think they’re individual enough that you can see they’re from a different brand.
The packaging has a really soft, nice feel to it and they feel like great quality despite only being £2.99 each (or £10 for all 5).
There’s a nice range of scents starting with ‘Mint Sorbet’, ‘Blueberry Crush’, ‘Raspberry Fizz’, ‘Wild Strawberry’ and ‘Cool Vanilla’.
I like all of them but my favourite two are, probably, the mint and the raspberry. I really, really, like fake raspberry scents.
You can, definitely, tell what all of them are supposed to be, though, and they all have a nice level of scent to them. I gave the Strawberry one to my 6-year-old as he loves lip balms as he gets dry lips and he loves anything strawberry.
I was pleasantly surprised as how moisturising these were. Low priced lip balms often only have a short term softening result but these really lasted well and left my lips feeling soft for a long time. I like them a lot.
You can get these from the new Tam Beauty website. I think a lot of us were really hoping for a site where you could order Makeup Revolution, I <3 Makeup and Freedom all in the same place and, yay, it’s finally here!

 

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I’ve meant to do this every month but good intentions and all that. I have been making sure I post daily on Instagram, even when I’ve not been able to do much more, I love that it helps me stay connected to people and gives little updates when I’m not able to write full posts. You can find my Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/petitmoi_bigworld/

So, with no extra rambling, here’s my Instagram lookback for August 2016.

In August Oliver has come on in leaps and bounds: He’s getting super vocal and can say ‘Dada’ and ‘MA’, he can sit unaided and he’s guzzling down food like tomorrow may never happen. |  Books, as always, have been a big part of the month, expect that on all months, books are always important.  |  And, unfortunately, the health stuff has been a big thing too. I’ve had some half answers but I still have lots of questions and, amazingly, some brand new health stuff has appeared! 
I haven’t been able to crochet as much as I’d like in August but I have enjoyed the bits and bobs that I’ve done.  |  I’ve been trying to remind myself to do things that I love, every day, things for myself and this plaque from my Treat Box helps.  |  Of course August has been a very Ethan centric month, with it still being the Summer Holidays. He’s been able to do some lovely things (mostly with other people) and, overall, has had a good break. 
More book stuff, of course, this necklace, from my Crime on the Pages box, is one of my favourite bookish accessories.  |  In August I’ve started trying to improve my handwriting. I can’t do handwriting for long, due to hand pain, spasms and weakness, but I want what writing I do to be pretty.  |  And this face, again, because whyever not? I can’t believe he’s half way towards 7 months already, he’s a delight. I am a very lucky Mummy, with both of my boys. 
It’s a very quick overview of the month, but I like it. It’s a nice way to show you a few things without going in to big, long, rambley, depths of information. I have managed to get a few posts up, recently, but as always we shall see how that goes. But, as I said, keep up on Instagram if you want to stay in touch, I’m always there. 

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